Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

The Good Honeywell gets out from under the shadow of Nest by adding voice recognition to its new Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. For the most part, it performs very well.

The Bad It costs $349. That's $100 more than the already pricey Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat (without voice control) and its main competition, the second-generation Nest Learning Thermostat.

The Bottom Line The voice control options are extremely basic, and the price increase just doesn't match the value added. Save some cash and get the $249 model or a Nest.

Editors' Rating
  • Features 9.0
  • Usability 7.0
  • Design 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.8 Overall

Review

Good, but not quite worth the price

The $349 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is an intriguing new offering from Honeywell. While it is virtually identical to Honeywell's $249 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat in design and functionality, the addition of voice control really sets it apart. Unlike some of its other key features, this one wasn't borrowed from Nest.

I think that's great. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it -- at least not yet. I really wanted the voice control to work, but instead it's very basic, and occasionally glitchy. That makes the extra $100 for this one feature seem excessive.

Most of us will also still grab our phones or walk over to the thermostat to change the temperature, which makes voice control a novelty by comparison. It's neat, but will it really improve your interaction with your thermostat? In most cases, no. Regardless, I like the idea and hope to see updates soon. Mostly, though, I found the tech a bit too simple, the functionality a bit too novel, and, therefore, the price much too high.

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